[ soh-vee-i-tiz-uh m ]
/ ˈsoʊ vi ɪˌtɪz əm /


(sometimes lowercase) a soviet system of government.
(often lowercase) the practices and principles of a soviet government, especially as it implies communism.
a characteristic, mannerism, phrase, etc., expressive of or identifiable with the ideology of the Soviet Union.


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Origin of Sovietism

First recorded in 1915–20; soviet + -ism


So·vi·et·ist, noun, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

Example sentences from the Web for sovietism

  • Should France overthrow capitalism, for instance, she will at first establish Sovietism, and subsequently combine with us.

    The Red Conspiracy|Joseph J. Mereto
  • If Bolshevism meant Sovietism and merely is a constitutional conflict between parliamentary and council government, it could.

    The New Germany|George Young
  • Sovietism is only a rough Russian realisation of German ideals.

    The New Germany|George Young

British Dictionary definitions for sovietism

/ (ˈsəʊvɪɪˌtɪzəm, ˈsɒv-) /

noun (sometimes capital)

the principle or practice of government through soviets, esp as practised in the former Soviet Union
any characteristic deemed representative of Soviet ideology

Derived forms of sovietism

sovietist, noun, adjectivesovietistic, adjective
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